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Identify Your Individuality: The Best You Can Be

Caravaggio: Identify His Strengths I had Michelangelo da Caravaggio looking over my shoulder recently. During our visit to Scotland, we had a chance to view the Beyond Caravaggio exhibit at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. The collection of paintings identifies artists that were influenced by his use of light and shadow. That’s him behind me from the amazing “The Taking of Christ”. Art historians celebrate and identify Caravaggio for his groundbreaking use of shadow to create depth and an amazing sense of realism. However, I find an immediacy in his tableaus which makes the viewer feel as if they […]

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A Scottish Anniversary: A Beautiful Place to Be!

In case you hadn’t heard, Ron and I have just returned from a 10-day Scottish 20th-anniversary trip. What a beautiful place it is. I have always wanted to see it as I am amazed by the history and contributions to modern society that this small rather remote Isle has given us. Not to mention the Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Fringe Arts Festival that takes place in August. Magnificent all around! All Things Scottish We began our Scottish adventure in the beautiful medieval city of Edinburgh. In August, the population doubles as people from around the world flow into […]

Art Deco at Radio City Music Hall

Kathy’s thoughts from New York: I recently chaperoned one of the twins and 19 of his peers to New York City for a four-day, fun filled, jam packed weekend of adventure, discovery, and excitement. Most of the kids had never been to the Big Apple before, nor seen any city quite like it. We went to two Broadway shows and the Ballet. We visited Ground Zero and Ellis Island. The kids took two fantastic acting classes and rode a subway for the first time. All very exciting, however, my personal favorite was… Radio City Music Hall Radio City Music Hall. In […]

Ron Takes on the Colors of Summer

Ron’s Thoughts: Forget Spring, Summer is here! Less than a month ago we had snow here in Littleton. Suddenly it is Summer. Today it is 90 degrees. My lettuce is a foot tall and I am having a hard time keeping up with the kale. This weekend I’m busting out the pruning equipment or I will never catch up. From the Garden I’m fortunate to have been raised by parents who appreciate horticulture. My mother’s front yard rivals some public gardens into the Fall. She has varieties and colors that compliment and contrast in such a continuous design that pedestrians […]

Ron’s Process Revealed

To Process, or Not to Process: Hi All, I recently attended a three day class with artist Marianne Mitchell at the Art Student League of Denver. The class was to develop the artists’ signature expression and personal voice. This class presented wonderful opportunities for me to speak to other artists about my creations and hear their reactions, confirmations, and suggestions. Marianne does a marvelous job of moderating a very encouraging and cooperative environment. The immediate identification of the first class concerned how the artist began the work.  This was later expanded in the second class where we were instructed to paint with “reckless abandon”. It quickly […]